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[suhb-si-kwuh ns]
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  1. the state or fact of being subsequent.
  2. a subsequent occurrence, event, etc.; sequel.
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Origin of subsequence1

First recorded in 1490–1500; subsequ(ent) + -ence


[suhb-see-kwuh ns]
noun Mathematics.
  1. a sequence obtained from a given sequence by selecting terms from it and placing them in the order in which they occur in it.
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Origin of subsequence2

First recorded in 1940–45; sub- + sequence
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Historical Examples

  • Let us now disturb the señor behind the bar for a subsequence of the red wine.'

    Cabbages and Kings

    O. Henry

British Dictionary definitions for subsequence


  1. the fact or state of being subsequent
  2. a subsequent incident or occurrence
  3. (ˌsʌbˈsiːkwəns) maths a sequence derived from a given sequence by selecting certain of its terms and retaining their order. Thus, 2, a 3 > is a subsequence of 1, a 2, a 3 >, while 3, a 2 > is not

Word Origin and History for subsequence


c.1500; see subsequent + -ence.

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